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This show has been commercially released as " Europe '72: The Complete Recordings - All The Music Edition"
Subject: PIGPEN & KEITH SHOW
Hey kids! It's a PIGPEN & KEITH show!
Not too many of these shows around.
Definitely a "MUST HAVE" show.
This is a "I WISH I WAS AT THIS SHOW" show.
Well rehearsed, solid performance, excellent recording, excellent mix, should-a-been a release back in 72; but who knows why it wasn't?
The boys are still young in 1972 and at their peak....and...
100% completely Mickey FREE!
No wonder it's so good.
This is what the DEAD sounded like when I went to their shows....they changed their sound a few years later...when they lost Pigpen.
The Best Grateful Dead their ever was, was with Pigpen.
Cliff Hucker -
Subject: le Joie de vivre
"...Lille looked like an impressionist painting, cows in the distance, poplar trees in rows, with a little LSD, it wasn't hard to see why Monet and company liked the light in their native country. For Phil especially, it was one of the truly spectacular experiences of a lifetime, as though for an hour or two he lived inside a Seurat or a Cezanne."
Back in France for a make up date, the band pulls off another stellar performance. Interrupted by rain, it's not quite as superlative as some of the preceeding shows, however the second set is dynamite.
The set opening performance of Truckin' is excellent, featuring some some great licks by Jerry and slashing leads from Weir. Towards the end of the instrumental break you can hear a brief, but unmistakable shot at a Nobody's Jam.
The highlight of the free concert is an excellent 28+ minute, sometimes spacey performance of The Other One. The jamming on this one is not nearly as cohesive as the performance in Paris ten days earlier. Still there is some great playing; Weir in particular contributes his trademark slashing leads throughout, and Pigpen adds some eerie organ fills that add to the mood. Following the intense meltdown segment, at about 20:40, there is a compelling movement that contains some brief hints of a Spanish Jam. This is followed by an interesting jam with Billy hammering out a drumbeat and contains some great guitar work from Bobby who comes through the right channel crystal clear.
The show ending NFA> GDTRFB, though cut, is terrific as well. Sound quality on the incomplete Ladner transfer is fine, but the partial Miller file is excellent, possibly sourced from the Taper's Section. In spite of the missing portion of the second set, this one is a little gem. (95 pts)
Subject: Simply Stunning set 2
First set pretty standard fare for the time. Very good and tight. But holy crap ... the Other One through GDRFB is simply amazing.
Sometimes you listen to these long second set jams and they're great` ... then sometimes they're of a whole other dimension. you got that here.
Subject: good show
awesome show, deff listen to this
Subject: out of tune
good show, berth is awesome, playin is good a nd whatnot, alot of the show is played out of tune though. id give it a 4 for everything else, maybe a 3 because of the out of tuneness- but ill just give it a 4 becuase there are some awesome versions and hey, its europe, im a sucker for that stuff
edit- holy shit the truckin>drums>the other one>hes gone- definitely worth the download. just for the other one>hes gone... wow. ive never heard anything like that before. its a perfect segue and the playing is great
Subject: Snake what snake?
apparently there is a snake hissing in this one. Perhaps, but it must be small 'cause I don't it very well.
As for the playing -- this is a good show and easily listenable. Nice Bertha to start and a pretty good BTW to follow which is not one of my favorites, but still good.
China Rider is short but nice snd playing is very good. The Other One gets nicely stretched and well played.
Pigs tunes are good as well.
Not a 5 but easily a 4.
Subject: The Dead in France? Sounds good to me.
I usually stick to the Winterland shows (or similar). Imagine my surprise hearing this show from France. The sound is not spectacular, but very good. There is some hiss, but you only notice during the quieter parts - I listened using headphones. The band plays a standard set list for the period, but they play quite well considering they are very far from the hometown crowd - it doesn't seem to matter where the Dead play - they would have been rockin' out if they played on the moon I guess. Worth a listen, if not a download.
Subject: red-headed step-child
Somehow, I had missed this show, and so has most everyone else, if number of reviews(1) is any indication. It's easy to get jaded when it comes to some of the pristine SBDs from '72, but folks, give this one a try. Regarding the aforementioned hiss, I'm only streaming through the computer speakers, and my ears are plugged from allergies, but it doesn't seem too bad. The band sounds full of energy, and I haven't heard a clinker yet, unless you count the false start to BIODTL. Good for a laugh. Mr. Charlie is slower, a bit more bluesy, nice. China Cat > Rider is one of those "note perfect" affairs I never get tired of. Can't listen any more. Need to download and burn it so I really hear this thing. I suggest you do the same. 5 for perf., 4 fer sound, I guess.
P.S. Advisory note: PITB is, of course RBD!
dirty jev-o -
Subject: hissy fit
havin a fot over the hiss.....still another great European show.....marred slightly by the histletoe..4 for quality of sound